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Manny Acta

Cleveland Indians — No. 11
Born: January 11, 1969 (1969-01-11) (age 41)
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
April 2, 2007 for the Washington Nationals
Career statistics
Games     410
Win–Loss Record     158-252
Winning %     .385

Manuel Elias Acta (born January 11, 1969, in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is the manager of the Cleveland Indians.[1] He is a former manager of the Washington Nationals in Major League Baseball. In the Dominican Winter League, he managed the Tigres del Licey from 2002–2004, including leading them to victory at the 2003 Caribbean Series. Acta managed the Dominican Republic team at the 2006 World Baseball Classic.


Playing career


Houston Astros

Acta was signed by the Houston Astros at age 17 as a first baseman. He reached Double-A as a backup first baseman and an outfielder at age 20. Acta played baseball professionally for six seasons, all in the Astros' system, but never reached the major leagues as a player. The Astros organization would eventually send him to scouting school in Florida to utilize his analytical skills rather than his athletic talent.

Coaching career

Minor Leagues

In 1991, Acta became a player-coach at the A level, and soon after that quit his playing career and focused solely on coaching. He became the manager of an A-level team in 1993, and he managed in the minors through 2000. He led the Kissimmee Cobras to a Florida State League championship in 1999.

Montreal Expos

Acta was hired as the third base coach for the Montreal Expos under Frank Robinson in 2002, and held that position through 2005.

New York Mets

After failed interviews for managerial positions with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers, Acta was hired as the third base coach for the New York Mets under Willie Randolph.

Washington Nationals

After holding this position for two years, Acta was hired on November 14, 2006, by the Nationals, returning to the team that gave him his first major league job (the Nationals being the former Expos who had relocated after the 2004 season). Acta received the job for his youth and enthusiasm, as well as knowing a few of the Nationals players from his third base coaching job with the Expos. In his first season with the Nationals, Acta did a credible job managing the team that was projected to be one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball. He is one of the few managers who is aware of and employs sabermetric ideas and concepts[2], similar to those used by A's GM Billy Beane and Red Sox GM Theo Epstein. With his team beset by many injuries, Acta maintained a positive influence on his young Nationals. In his first year with the Nationals he earned votes for NL Manager of the Year, coming in sixth in that contest [3].

On July 12, 2009, Acta reported to ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas that he had been fired as Nationals manager following a 5-0 loss to the Houston Astros.[4] The Nationals announced on their website on July 13 that an announcement concerning the dismissal was forthcoming, which served as a confirmation of the firing.[5] Nationals bench coach Jim Riggleman has taken over as manager.

Cleveland Indians

On October 25, 2009, the Cleveland Indians announced that they had hired Acta as their manager, signing him to a 3-year contract with an option for an additional year.

Managerial record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
Dominican Republic 2006 7 5 2 .714 4th - - - -
WAS 2007 162 73 89 .451 4th in NL East - - - -
WAS 2008 161 59 102 .366 5th in NL East - - - -
WAS 2009 87 26 61 .299 5th in NL East - - - (fired)
MLB Total 410 158 252 .385 - - - -
Int. Total 7 5 2 .714 - - - -
Total 417 163 254 .391 - - - -

Personal life

The fatal plane crash on October 11, 2006, that killed New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his pilot crashed into Acta's apartment building in New York while he was still coaching for the Mets. Acta wasn't there at the time because he had gone to Shea Stadium to prepare for that night's Game 1 of the NLCS between his Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals. The game would end up being rained out. He also has two daughters named Jenniffer and Leslie and a wife named Cindy.

Acta is also very involved in helping the community. His ImpACTA Kids Foundation ( has raised a significant amount of awareness and donations in providing children with the opportunities to achieve their dreams. As of 2010, the ImpACTA Kids Foundation has awarded $5,000 in college scholarships in the United States and neared completion of an athletic/education youth complex in Consuelo, Dominican Republic.

See also



Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steve Dillard
Auburn Astros Manager
Succeeded by
last Auburn Astros Manager
Preceded by
first Auburn Doubledays Manager
Auburn Doubledays Manager
Succeeded by
Mike Rojas
Preceded by
Jim Pankovits
Quad City River Bandits
Succeeded by
Mike Rojas
Preceded by
John Tamargo
Kissimmee Cobras Manager
Succeeded by
last Kissimmee Cobras Manager
Preceded by
Jeff Cox
Montreal Expos Third Base Coach
Succeeded by
last Montreal Expos Third Base Coach
Preceded by
Matt Galante
New York Mets Third Base Coach
Succeeded by
Sandy Alomar, Sr.
Preceded by
Frank Robinson
Washington Nationals Manager
Succeeded by
Jim Riggleman
Preceded by
Eric Wedge
Cleveland Indians Manager
Succeeded by


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